On Monday afternoon April the 6th, I received an Email from Neil
Murray, a good friend of Cozy's. Neil informed me that Cozy Powell
was killed in a car crash the night before. I immediately rung up
Neil to make sure this wasn't some sort of joke Email, and he told
me it was true.
It would appear that Cozy was alone in his Saab 9000 when he lost
control on the M4 motorway, and crashed between junctions 18 and
19 near Bristol. He died of his injuries in the hospital. I'm told that
weather had a part in this, but I can't confirm this.
On Wednesday afternoon, I got a phone call from Cozy's girlfriend
Shari. She informed me that the funeral arrangements are
extremely private, and it will be family only; that kind of thing. The
funeral itself will be Saturday April 18th. It is hoped a much larger
memorial service will be held at a later date. When that is decided,
information on it will be publicized here.
If you wish to send flowers or words of condolence, you can use this
Thomas Free & Sons Funeral Directors
A personal thought: Cozy had just recovered from a foot accident
he suffered which took him off the Malmsteen tour,
and it's a damn shame. Truly is. I've only known Cozy for a short while, since around November of 1997, when we
started talking about doing the web site, and I've never met him, however, I found him easy to work with, and a really
great chap. Cozy, never met ya, but I'll miss ya! If you have any of the albums Cozy recorded on, get 'em out and give
'em a spin in honor of Cozy.
I've had several Emails asking about using pictures from this site in
tributes and news articles. Feel free, just let me
know where it's published so I can link to it. Keep it here; this page will be updated the most over the next couple of
SITE UPDATE: I've now added forums to the site. You can now leave
msgs about Cozy's passing here. Click here to go
to the forums!
Joe Siegler - Webmaster